OTSU — Japan’s largest and most notorious organized crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, is forcing members to take a “gangster exam” in order to reduce costly damages suits, police have discovered.
An affiliate based in Shiga Prefecture is distributing written tests on the revised Anti-Organized Crime Law, which allows higher-ranking gang members to be sued for the actions of their subordinates, as a preventative measure against future lawsuits. Police believe the test has been introduced by Yamaguchi-gumi groups across the country.
Police first discovered the test during an investigation of a member of the affiliate. A 12-question exam paper, complete with model answers, was among the items confiscated.
Questions included “What kind of activities are banned?” with “dumping industrial waste; bootlegging fuel; theft of construction vehicles and other expensive items; phone fraud scams” etc. listed as the correct answers.
The model answer to the final question, “What are you required to do in all your activities?” was: “report and consul with my bosses.”
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